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News - January 12, 2011

Officials optimistic about new trash collector

by Caitilin McAdoo

A switch to a new garbage and recycling service provider that began Jan 3 in parts of San Mateo County has seen some glitches, but officials have said they are confident the problems will be worked out.

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Posted by Jonathan
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Jan 11, 2011 at 8:26 pm

The new system is fantastic. We love having the cart for all our recyclables (instead of the bins), and our kids are really into the composting aspect of the yard waste bin. Every time I peel an apple or carrot they remind me to but the peels in the compost bin.

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Posted by Fox
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Jan 13, 2011 at 1:40 pm

My understanding is that for some communities, single-stream recycling is a step forward, but for menlo park it is a step back. Menlo Park residents did a good job of sorting. Now more of our trash will be contaminated, less salable and MORE will go to landfill.

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Posted by Michael Craig
a resident of another community
on Apr 4, 2011 at 6:33 am

Here is my question? To be "P.C" do all the residents of San Mateo County have to suffer with horrible service from a vendor that in April of 2011 is still struggling to even do the basic level of service which is pick up our trash? I guess Recology is more concerned with Recycling as this trash gets picked up first and then DAYS laster the regular Trash gets picked up while residents have to deal with the eyesore of trash barrels sitting out for a week! I live in Belmont and I bet that we are not the only community still wondering why after being awarded a HUGE contract for over 50 Million dollars they have to send trucks out 2-3 times to pick up trash when Allied Waste did not "waste" gas by going out on repeated attempts!
How "Green" are they really when the trash they are supposed to pick up never even makes it to Landfill but sure does end up on our streets as the smaller trash barrels they have given us are top heavy and are prone to tipping over from wind or racoons. I noticed Recycling Trash Barrels got much bigger and regular Trash Barrels got much smaller. Recology does not need more Customer Service Reps-it needs more DRIVERS then it won't need more CSR's because there won't be any more complaints. I am wondering how Recology got this contract in the first place? I know in my community everyone was happy with the one day a week pick up for trash instead of the new 2 day pick up and somehow everyone figured out how to sort recyclables into bins. I now understand we will "penalized" if we don't compost?! Is this for real? Please stop the "P.C." Police from wrecking our lives and bring back a vendor that actually did what they were paid to do-PICK UP TRASH!